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Spokane Area Resources to Enhance Women’s Lives


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December 2013

In the Greater Spokane CDA Metro Area


Holiday Gift Ideas from

Holly Swanson of Pacific Flyway Gallery and Framing to Protect Your 8 Tips Skin This Winter of Local 9 Calender Women’s Events

13 Cookbook Delights: Almond Roca

for Christmas

Cover Photo by Emily Fisher



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Tips to Protect Your Skin This Winter From non-friendly weather conditions to itch-inducing dyes found in everyday products, your skin can be exposed to a variety of unexpected irritants. But, protecting and maintaining healthy, comfortable skin can be easy with simple tips and products. “With so many skin types out there, getting to know how yours reacts to different factors – be it cold weather or harsh chemicals – is important,” says dermatologist Elizabeth Hale, M.D. “Take care of skin with products that are skin-friendly, mild and hypoallergenic, to avoid discomfort. Just be sure to test out each on a small area of skin before applying liberally.” Here are three more tips from Dr. Hale to keep your skin feeling its best during the coldweather months: Stay hydrated: The key to protecting skin is to keep in check with everyday habits, such as getting good nutrition, enough sleep and plenty of water. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day is necessary not only for your skin, but also for your body’s overall health. During the winter, try incorporating hot tea with lemon into your recommended daily serving of water to keep warm when you’re outside, but still give your body the hydration it needs. Check your laundry: During the frigid months, be sure to cover up with hats, scarves, gloves and long-sleeves to avoid cracked, dry skin. Also, go for comfort by layering soft, lightweight fabrics that aren’t aggravating to the skin, like cotton. Keep your favorite clothing clean and smelling fresh, without irritation to the skin, by using a hypoallergenic laundry detergent. ARM & HAMMER™ offers two skin-friendly versions – a classic perfume and dye free option and Sensitive Skin Plus Scent Laundry Detergent, which has been clinically tested to be gentle on skin. You can learn more about skin-friendly laundry choices at Apply sunscreen: From tailgating to hiking to skiing, make sure you’re still protecting your skin during outdoor cold-weather activities. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime, so it’s important to apply sunscreen year-round, even when it seems as though UV rays aren’t as strong as they actually are. Aim to apply sunscreen liberally on all exposed skin before you step out the door and reapply an SPF 15 or higher lotion every two hours when outdoors for an extended period of time. 8

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Events Dec 2013

Nov 30 & Dec 1

Country Christmas Antiques and Arts and Crafts Sale, Moran

Prairie Grange, 6106 S Palouse Hwy Spokane WA 99223. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. A perfect place to do your holiday shopping with 20+ of the best vendors in the Northwest offering fabulous vintage and holiday items. Admission $4 (children 12 and under free) $1 of admission goes to support the Moran Prairie Grange Restoration Project.

Santa Baby, Spokane & N. Idaho Power Woman Networking Event 5

Impulse Lounge, Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights WA. Open to all women this is a holiday networking event and girl’s night out you will not want to miss ! Round up your girlfriends; bring your business cards and brochures and let’s network. Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and perhaps a glass of wine (no-host). Event is Free. Time is 5-8 pm.

Christmas Tree Elegance Luncheon and Fashion Show, 5

in the historic Davenport Hotel’s Grand Pennington Ballroom 11:00 am to 1 pm Emcee’d by Kjerstin Ramsing of KHQ. $50/person; Attendance limited to 36 tables of 10 or 11 people. Mother Daughter Tea/Fashion Show in the Grand Pennington Ballroom. 3:30 to 5 pm – Runway and Emcee. Showing fashions for women, girls, men & boys. $35/ person; Attendance limited to 36 tables of 10 or 11 people. Reservations for either show, call: 509-458-TREE (8733).

Holiday Open House ~ Pacific Flyway Gallery & Holly’s Framing 7

409 S Dishman Mica Rd., Spokane Valley. Be sure to mark that on your calendar, it will be great fun, with new art and a featured Miniature Show, lots of food, free gifts & artists on hand to meet and greet. Event planned for 3-7pm. For more information visit

Ladies Night ~ at “Those Girls” 20

616 E 3rd St Spokane WA. Get pampered and make a wish list for your guy. Then we will just eat and drink and get massages! Send your guy by the next day to enjoy beer and hot dog while your gift is wrapped for FREE for them! Those Girls is shabby chic boutique full of upcycled home decor and gifts. For more info call 509-389-4570 or email

First Night Spokane, Various Venues Downtown Spokane 31

This alcohol-free, family friendly, public celebration marks the passage from the old year to the new with art, ritual, and festivity. First Night seeks to foster the public’s appreciation of the visual and performing arts. First Night cultivates a sense of community, brings families together, and assists in maintaining the vitality of downtown Spokane. Please say ‘I saw it in Metro Woman.’ Thanks!


Pacific Flyway

GALLERY and Framing

It's hunting season, and there is nothing quite as wonderful as finding that perfect gift for a special person on your list. A handmade, one-of-a-kind treasure that truly fits the person you are purchasing it for. Spokane abounds with boutique shops, and this month we are featuring the Pacific Flyway Gallery and Framing located at 409 S Dishman Mica Road in the Valley. Holly Swanson is the owner/operator of the gallery as well as being a jewelry artist and custom frame designer for 26 years. She loves designing custom framing for family treasurers, vacation memorabilia, or children's art to create family keepsakes. As an artist herself, she can take a bag of wedding photos and transform them into a special, one-of-a-kind gift. Shopping at the Pacific Flyway Gallery and Framing can be so much more than just a browsing expedition. Holly will work with you to find the perfect frame for your art, and loves to share stories about the various artists who place their work in her shop for you enjoy and just loves helping you explore and find that perfect gift that says you care. Pacific Flyway has filled the gallery this year with handcrafted items that are affordable, and with a variety of price ranges. The heartfelt sentiment from giving a one-of-a-kind handmade item sends a subtle message, and the quality will really show you care. Local artisans have made a special effort this fall to present some amazing handmade ornaments and the only way to truly appreciate their splendor is to stop by for a look. December is a special time at the gallery featuring the 13th Annual Miniature Show all month long. Over 40 local artists have created carvings, pottery, jewelry, and other original pieces. Drop by any time, and mark your calendar for our Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 3 to 6 PM to enjoy some great food, plenty of desserts and some great giveaways! The gallery is not just full of new and original artworks, but also features some handmade vintage Santas from a private collection. Keep up-to-date on happenings at the gallery year round by joining the bi-weekly newsletter at or by sending an email to Remember -- purchasing your handmade gifts from local artists supports a thriving creative community that we all enjoy. Thank you all for shopping LOCAL! Merry Christmas everybody!


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Cookbook Delights:

Almond Roca for Christmas This is an old family recipe I have made during the Christmas season for years. Wherever I take it during the holidays, it's usually the first thing gone. I hope you enjoy this treat as much as we do.

Ingredients: 2 c. brown sugar (1 lb.) 1 tsp. salt ½ c. water 1 c. butter 1 large chocolate candy bar, melted 1 c. almonds, chopped (optional)

Directions: 1. In small saucepan, combine brown sugar, salt, water, and butter. 2. Cook on medium heat about 8 minutes to hard crack stage, 300 degrees F., stirring constantly. 3. Boil about 8 minutes. 4. Reduce heat 2 notches until done, about 10 minutes more. 5. Remove from heat. 6. Stir in chopped almonds if desired. 7. Pour very quickly onto large buttered baking sheet. 8. Cool. 9. Cover both sides with melted chocolate bar. This recipe can be found in Christmas Delights Volume I, A Collection of Christmas Recipes and part of the Cookbook Delights Series by Spokane author Karen Jean Hood. Please say ‘I saw it in Metro Woman.’ Thanks!


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